Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Pathology

A postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr Catherine Merrick, working on an ERC-funded project to study DNA replication in Plasmodium falciparum.  Dr Merrick's research group is currently based at Keele University and will relocate to central Cambridge at the end of May 2018.  The post will be available in Cambridge from June 2018.

The project will examine replication and the cell cycle at several stages of the Plasmodium lifecycle, using a range of cutting-edge techniques in molecular genetics and genomics.  Dr Merrick recently developed a novel technique to follow DNA replication in malaria parasites at the whole cell, genomic and single-molecule levels (see Merrick, Malar J. 2015 and Stanojcic, Sci Rep 2017).  The project will be conducted by two postdocs working in close collaboration, supported by a dedicated technician.

Applicants should hold a PhD in molecular biology, parasitology or genomics, with skills in cell culture, molecular biology and genomics/bioinformatics.  Experience of Plasmodium molecular genetics is desirable.  Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, he/she will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant (salary of £28,936) in a Research Associate post (salary of £31,604) (on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of his/her PhD). The higher Research Associate salary should be backdated to the submission date of their thesis or start date whichever is the later. 

Other duties/responsibilities as outlined in the Further Information documents include developing and driving research objectives, writing up  work for presentation and publication, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering seminars and occasional lectures.

The appointee will benefit from excellent facilities, including newly-refurbished Category-3 containment laboratories, and diverse expertise at the Cambridge Pathology Department.

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Interviews will be held week commencing 14th May 2018.

General queries should be directed to Irene Piper, or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK15214 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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